Braun Strowman Bumps Finn Balor From Roman Reigns Storyline
As everyone saw Monday night on RAW, Roman Reigns made a SummerSlam challenge to the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe match at Great Balls of Fire. That brought out Samoa Joe, which lead to a Reigns vs. Joe match later on RAW (interrupted by a returning Braun Strowman).
Interestingly, the spot of interrupting the Reigns/Joe storyline was originally set for Finn Balor. One would assume Balor would have gone on to face Reigns at Great Balls of Fire. But according to a report from Sportskeeda, once Strowman was medically cleared, Balor was bumped out of the picture. After watching RAW on Monday, it’s pretty clear that the company does not have a long term direction for Balor at this time (he defeated Bo Dallas on the show).
Major Updates on WWE Battleground and TLC
The next scheduled SmackDown Live pay per view is Battleground, which takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It seems we can now expect John Cena to be apart of that show in some fashion.
— Wells Fargo Center (@WellsFargoCtr) June 19, 2017
With our earlier report that Cena is scheduled to work the Live Event the day after SummerSlam, perhaps “Big Match John” will be around more than expected this summer. Again, his official return is set for the 4th of July.
Looking further ahead, WWE’s 2017 pay per view schedule added another date today. Tables, Ladders and Chairs will take place on October 22nd in Minneapolis. It will be a RAW-brand offering. Last year, it was a SmackDown show in December.
This announcement has some interesting repercussions. First, RAW now has pay per views scheduled for both September (No Mercy) and October. You would then expect the same from SmackDown. One of those should be Hell in a Cell. We were told last year that the gimmick pay per views (such as TLC, Hell in a Cell and Money In The Bank) would rotate brands every year.